A bar tender pours a glass of wine for a customer at Stella Luna Restaurant in Big Bear Lake, CA.

All About Après

Posted: 02/25/24

Raise a glass to unwind after a busy Big Bear day.

Whether you've been carving it up on the slopes, trekking miles on the trails, or soaking up the sun on Big Bear Lake, our local drink hubs invite you to sit down, take a load off, and reflect on a fabulous day spent in Big Bear!

Here are our Top 5 picks:

Amber beer pours into a glass stein and overflows.

1. Nottingham's Tavern

This historic pub and diner sits at the edge of The Village welcoming guests to sit in for a hot toddy or cold beer before a hearty dinner. Featuring a cozy fireplace in a casual dining atmosphere, Nottingham's offers full bar service plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. May through October, guests are invited to lounge on the pet-friendly patio.


A decanter and two glasses sit full of amber colored bourbon. They cast shadows and reflections on the white background.

2. Big Bear Bar & Grill

Enjoy your après drink with a side of live music! Located in Moonridge, this full bar & restaurant gets you away from the busier side of town for a relaxing evening. Sit in Friday through Sun for live music, Tuesday & Wednesday for karaoke, and Thursday for open mic night.

Cue music!

A couple smiles as they're served an appetizer with their drinks at Barrel 33 in Big Bear Lake, CA.

3. Barrel 33 Big Bear

Big Bear's best wine bar is serving up local blends along with beer flights, seasonal specialties like Gluhwein, and scrumptious appetizers like flatbreads and charcuterie. Browse the wine lovers gift shop and groove along to live music weekly.


A glass of cognac on ice sits on a wooden table.

4. Captain's Anchorage

Stop in for a drink at this historic bar once owned by the famous Andy Divine. This surf n' turf house features more than good drinks, you may just bump into their resident ghost, George. Just make sure he doesn't snag your drink!

Happy haunting!

A plate of appetizer nachos sits on a table with a glass of blonde ale at the Village Sports Bar in Big Bear Lake, CA.

5. Village Sports Bar

The Village's newest bar scene treats patrons to their favorite sports game while they lounge with refreshing drinks and scrumptious appetizers and entrees.

Play on!

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